Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

GM seeds key to food security

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the use of genetically modified (GM) technology for seeds is important for improving agricultural productivity and food security. He said 18 field trials, testing various kinds of GM seeds, were under way but the government would take a considered view on releasing genetically modified mustard. Background: GM mustard, likely… Continue reading GM seeds key to food security

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

‘Adopting BS-VI norms will make diesel vehicles costlier’

According to a statement issued by ICRA Ratings, “Indian government’s decision to leapfrog the Bharat Stage (BS)-V Emission Standards and implement the BS-VI norms by April 2020, four years ahead of the earlier schedule, will make diesel vehicles costlier by Rs.70,000 to Rs.1,50,000.” The diesel segment is likely to witness a sizeable price increase due… Continue reading ‘Adopting BS-VI norms will make diesel vehicles costlier’

Art & culture, GS-1, Uncategorized

Digitising data on ‘stolen’ Buddhist relics

The Hindu What happened? Chinese authorities are engaged in a major international effort to digitally accumulate information on the priceless cultural treasures of the Buddhist caves in Dunhuang — murals, statues and manuscripts — that were taken away by Western expeditions and ended up mostly in museums of Europe, Asia and the U.S. Dunhuang Buddhist… Continue reading Digitising data on ‘stolen’ Buddhist relics